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Utah football report card: Ute offense goes missing in loss to USC

Published: Saturday, Oct. 26 2013 9:04 p.m. MDT

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The Utes committed four turnovers in the first half alone and had just 201 total yards. Backup quarterback Adam Schulz entered the game to fix the problem —twice. He entered late in the second quarter and again one stanza later, not to leave again. He played — not necessarily because starting quarterback Travis Wilson re-injured his throwing hand — but because Wilson was utterly ineffective. The injured Wilson went just 5 of 14 for 51 yards with no touchdowns.

Ultimately, Schulz (7 of 17) hardly helped the situation. On his first series, he threw an interception that led to an unnecessary USC field goal. He got Utah in field goal range on his second possession but not much more. On the Utes’ last possession with time to come back, Schulz was sacked for a 15-yard loss on first down. Utah faced the top defense in the Pac-12, but the Utes had some missed opportunities, particularly with Wilson and Schulz missing open receivers. The Utes also came up short on a fourth-and-1 at the USC 11 midway through the second quarter.

GRADE: D
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79Ute
Orange County, CA

Coach Whitt should spend the week in Columbus interning with Urban during the bye week to get some mojo back.

Uteology
East Salt Lake City, Utah

The coaching get's an F for game planning for USC with an injured QB. Shultz wasn't ready to take on a good USC defense.

"Since defeating Stanford two weeks ago, the Utes have completely fallen apart. Utah beat BYU five weeks ago, but given the directions of the teams since, the result may very well be different if the game was played now." -- Dereet News

The author of this article gets an F for making a homer comment that has nothing to do with the article.

Would the result be different if Utah played BYU today?

Maybe, because we have an injured starting QB, TE, and a kicker that is anything but clutch. But we still have a great defense.

So yes BYU MIGHT have a chance with Utah playing this horrible.

I say MIGHT because we've also proven we can beat BYU with a horrible team (5-7) led by a D2 QB and a horrible #109 ranked offense by 40 points at LES.

Real Bass
Idaho Falls, ID

Play it again Sam and BYu wins big!

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